Archive for January, 2009

Enrico Rava – New York Days (2009)

Enrico Rava – New York Days (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Last year brought the welcome return of Enrico Rava’s 1975 masterwork The Pilgrim And The Stars to American shores for the first time in CD form. Only a few months later, we’re getting treated to a new set of recordings by Italy’s foremost jazz musician. New York Days, out just a few days ago, doesn’t lookRead More

Chuck Bernstein – Delta Berimbau Blues (2009)

Chuck Bernstein – Delta Berimbau Blues (2009)

by Pico A berim-what??? Yeah, that’s right, a berimbau. Indigenous to the northeast region of Brazil, this bad boy is a single wire-stringed percussion musical instrument that’s sort of like a bow with a hollowed-out gourd on the bottom of it and played with a wooden stick, with the tone modulated by using a coin-like piece of metal. The berimbauRead More

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971): On Second Thought

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971): On Second Thought

‘What’s Going On’ remains Marvin Gaye’s lasting document of faith – an eternal call to love.

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette – Yesterdays (2009)

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette – Yesterdays (2009)

by Pico On January 27, ECM Records presents yet another recording of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack deJohnette in concert. This will make it the fourth one…from 2001 dates alone. Prior to this performance in Tokyo, The Out-of-Towners, Always Let Me Go and one we’ve covered here previously, My Foolish Heart, have been made available. As before, this mostRead More

One Track Mind: XTC, "Playground" (2000)

One Track Mind: XTC, "Playground" (2000)

by Pico Mention the words “pop music” and music snobs go scurrying to the safer confines of the obtuse and obscure. OK, OK, so perhaps we’ve inhabited those confines at times, but mainstream sounds don’t all sound bad to us. Just most of it. XTC, on the other hand, was a band that gave pop music a good name. SinceRead More

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition (2008)

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition (2008)

Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’ still speaks a whole encyclopedia set of what jazz is truly about.

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David 'Fathead' Newman (1933-2009): An Appreciation

David “Fathead” Newman, one of our favorite tenor men, has passed after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. A Dallas native, Newman left college to tour with Charlie Parker’s mentor, Buster Smith. He then found fame as a sideman with Ray Charles, spending 12 seminal years in his band beginning in 1954 as the foundation of modernRead More

Eric Lindell – Low on Cash, Rich in Love (2008)

Eric Lindell – Low on Cash, Rich in Love (2008)

NICK DERISO: The blue-eyed soul template has been copied so many times that it can feel like a faded and calculating conceit, something singers do simply to attact a demo. Unless you’re Eric Lindell, a native of San Mateo, Calif., who not only aspires to a Van Morrison/Delbert McClinton-level of outsider R&B glory, but blends in enough funk and swampRead More

Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

photo: Kevin Browning by Pico It’s finally here, folks. Well, besides the Obama Administration, that is. Regardless of your politics, if you’re a fan of Umphrey’s McGee, you know that your day has arrived. Mantis, the first UM album conceived entirely in the studio, hits the streets today. Simply the best improv rock band in the country today and withRead More

One Track Mind: Sweet, "Love Is Like Oxygen" (1978)

One Track Mind: Sweet, "Love Is Like Oxygen" (1978)

Have you ever gone on for years knowing a group of seemingly unrelated radio hits without realizing they all came from the same act? That was a recent revelation I had with those British pop rockers Sweet. Sure, I always knew they were responsible for the garish, over-the-top rocker “Ballroom Blitz,” but had no idea all this time they alsoRead More

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